Friday, April 30, 2010

The Warm-Up Ring - Official News of Jump Canada. April 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 issue of 'The Warm-Up Ring', Jump Canada's monthly electronic newsletter.  This newsletter has been developed to allow regular communication with members of the Canadian hunter and jumper industry, and provide you with current news about your sport.  We appreciate your comments and feedback, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, please send an e-mail to

This Issue includes:

* Unsung Heroes - Elizabeth Bordeaux
* 2010 Young Horse Series Schedule
* Jump Canada Establishes Competition Task Force
* Two New Programs for Jump Canada
* Emerging Rider Series Debuts in Manitoba
* Jump Canada Calls for Hall of Fame Nominations
* CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for March - Yann Candele
* World Equestrian Games Hotel and Ticket Packages
* Canadian Success Stories
* Jump Canada Reminders
* Final North American World Cup standings

For the complete newsletter, click here

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Four Canadians Finish in the Top 10 at CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

Four Canadian riders, Stephanie Rhodes-Bosh, Selena O’Hanlon, Hawley Bennett-Awad and Michele Mueller finished in the top 10 at the 2010 edition of the CCI 4* Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA, the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Competing in her first four star three day event, Rhodes-Bosh, 21, of Summerland, BC, sat in 15th place following dressage with a score of 52.0 riding Port Authority, her Canadian bred 12-year-old Selle Français/Thoroughbred gelding. The pair then tackled Michael Etherington-Smith’s (GBR) cross country course where none of the obstacles proved to be a problem. They crossed the finish line with no jumping or time faults, moving them up the leaderboard and into ninth place. Rhodes-Bosh’s success continued as she and Port Authority also had a fault free jumping round to finish on her dressage score for fifth place overall, only one of four riders out of 53 starters to do so. In addition to her fifth place finish, Rhodes-Bosh was also awarded The Best Conditioned Horse Trophy, a prestigious award determined by the Ground Jury and Veterinary officials , and The J.D. Reeves Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed young rider (18¬–21 years of age).  She also received an HSBC Training Bursary for being the best placed first time 4-star competitor.

“I am glad that I went to Rolex as a spectator last year, because I knew what to expect,” said Rhodes-Bosh. “It was the most fun I have ever had, and I was so excited and grateful to be there. David O’Connor (the Canadian Eventing International Technical Advisor) said that I was ready, so I believed him and he was right.”


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William Fox-Pitt (GBR) said he did not come to the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with the expectation of winning, but, once in the driving seat, he was clearly not going to relinquish the golden opportunity without a fight and he now has his first Rolex watch to complement his seven other 4-star wins.

And, with the choice of three good rides – Idalgo, Macchiato and Sea Cookie – at next weekend’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, he could gain a commanding advantage in the HSBC FEI Classics™, an award he won in its inaugural year in 2008.

Cool Mountain, his winning ride at Kentucky, is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by the prolific Eventing sire Primitive Rising. This was his 4-star debut, having won at 3-star level, at Blair Castle (GBR) last year and been consistent throughout his career.

“He is a pleasure to train,” said Fox-Pitt. “He is very straightforward and genuine, and I have always felt there was more to come. I am absolutely thrilled with him, though – to win is beyond my wildest dreams.”

Friday, April 23, 2010


The FEI is to host a two-day global Congress to debate the use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in competition. The FEI Congress on NSAIDs Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete, which will be held in Lausanne*, Switzerland on August 16/17, will include the presentation of educational and scientific papers as well as open debate.

The vote on the use of NSAIDs in competition will not be taken until the FEI General Assembly in Chinese Taipei (1-6 November), but all interested parties are advised to register for the Congress early to book their places and ensure that their voices are heard in this important debate.

The Congress is open to National Federations and representatives of all stakeholder groups, including vets, officials, Riders Clubs, Organisers, FEI Laboratories, racing and breeding authorities, sponsors, the IOC, as well as the media. Booking information will be made available online soon. Please note that representatives from the National Federations will be given priority.

Check for regular updates on the Congress.

*Venue for the Congress will be confirmed once approximate numbers have been finalised.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Canadians Belinda Trussell & Bonny Bonnello Earn Top Scores at CDI3* Kentucky Cup

Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Newmarket, ON, received another Grand Prix test score above 70% for the third competition in a row at the Kentucky Cup Dressage CDI3* Lexington, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 20–22.

Riding Anton, a 10-year old German-bred gelding (Antaeous x Saxony) owned by Robyn Eames, Trussell scored 70.213% to finish second in the large Grand Prix class of 25 entries, held Tuesday, April 20. 

“Anton is feeling really reliable and confident,” said Trussell. “I am thrilled with another score of over 70%, but I still feel like there is a lot more horse to access, which is certainly exciting.”

“Show after show, Anton has been so consistent. Overall, I am very pleased with his progress heading to the World Equestrian Games,” added Trussell.

Earning an impressive personal best score of 68.638% to take third place was Bonny Bonnello of Calgary, AB riding Pikardi (Point Maker x Daimont), a 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding co-owned by Bonnello and Frances Bell.

Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON and Proton, a 16-year-old Baden-Wurtemburger gelding sired by Patriarch and owned by Cindy Ishoy, earned 67.064% for eighth place. Riding Douglas Leatherdale’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Devon L (De Niro x Wolkenstein II), Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON scored 66.170% for 11th.

Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON placed 12th with 65.362%  riding Balmoral, a 10-year old Canadian Hanoverian gelding (Belcanto x Consul), owned Brinc Ltd and Anne & John Welch.

In the Grand Prix Special held Wednesday, April 21, Bonnello and Pikardi scored another personal best with 70.292% for second place. They were just edged out of first place by Mikala Munter Gundersen from Denmark, by 0.5%, riding Leonburg to 70.792%.

“I am completely thrilled with Pikardi. His confidence has grown tremendously over these past months. He tries so hard and he is there for me, maturing into quite the horse,” said Bonnello. “Robert Dover has worked with us and it has been fantastic. I look forward to the next steps and continued progress.”

Winter and Proton earned 65.917% for seventh place, and Brooks rounded out the Canadian riders in the Grand Prix Special, scoring 65.458% for ninth place, with her 2008 Olympic mount Gran Gesto, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Grannox x Goldstern) owned by Brinc Ltd and Anne Welch.

“I am very proud of all our Canadian riders and horses. It is so exciting that we now have three combinations achieving scores in Grand Prix tests over 70%, with Bonny Bonnello and Pikardi joining stars Ashley Holzer with Pop Art and Belinda Trussell with Anton,” said Robert Dover, Dressage Canada’s Technical/Coach Advisor (  “Many of our other riders are coming along nicely as well, and I feel confident we will see even more encouraging results from them as the season unfolds. Canada is surely evolving into a medal contending team.”

The Kentucky Cup Dressage schedule continues with the Grand Prix Freestyle which will be held Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. The competition, held at the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games from September 25 to October 10, has been organized as an official test competition for the Games.

The judging panel for the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests at the Kentucky Cup Dressage included Janet Lee Foy (FEI I—USA) Linda Louise Zang (FEI O—USA), Mary Seefried (FEI O—AUS), Joan Macartney (FEI I—CAN) and Charlotte Bredahl (FEI C—USA).

Friday, April 16, 2010

Yann Candele Named CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for March

Jump Canada has selected Yann Candele as the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for March.

Candele of Nobleton, ON, produced the only double clear performance of the competition to lead Canada to its second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN, on March 5, in Wellington, FL.  Candele jumped two clear rounds riding Pitareusa, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned Susan Grange.  His Canadian teammates were Mac Cone, Eric Lamaze and Beth Underhill.

“The win in the Nations’ Cup was a fantastic result for Canada,” said Candele, 39, who previously represented France in international competition before receiving his Canadian citizenship in 2008.  “We have a history of great team results in Wellington, and it was nice to keep the winning streak going.”

Candele added, “I would like to thank Cavalor for its ongoing partnership with Jump Canada.” As the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for March, Candele receives a gift certificate from title sponsor CAVALOR Inc.

CAVALOR is now generously entering in to its fourth year of sponsorship of the 'Athlete of the Month' program.  In 2010 CAVALOR has recognized top Canadian show jumping athletes including: Eric Lamaze (January) and John Pearce (February).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wendy Christoff Wins Grand Prix at CDI 3* YJ Golden State Dressage Festival

For the second year in a row Delta, BC, native Wendy Christoff won the Grand Prix at the CDI 3* YJ Golden State Dressage Festival, held April 9–11, in Rancho Murieta, CA, USA.
Riding Pfalstaff, her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Palladium, Christoff scored 67.064% in the Grand Prix test, which earned the pair their fourth qualifying score for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Lexington, KY, September 25–October 10, 2010.

The duo then performed a wonderful Grand Prix Special test to earn 67.250% for their second victory.

“The interesting thing is that it was my goal was to qualify. I never really thought about what would happen if I did. I am very excited and the Rancho Murieta show was one of those shows that you always dream about,” said Christoff, who has competed in five shows over 10 weeks on the US West Coast this year. “I felt in control of the tests and took my time to make each movement happen instead of the test getting away from me — especially in the Special. That test comes at the rider so fast and the flow is difficult for me to master, but this weekend I felt I had control of the test.”